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Chapter 22. Conciseness: The Department ... > Thrift, Thrift, Thrift - Pg. 223

Conciseness: The Department of Redundancy Department Redundancy 23. kills bugs dead 24. at this point in time Repair kills bugs now Reason kills = dead wordy phrase 223 Thrift, Thrift, Thrift When you sit down to write, you might get carried away by the sound of your own words. Even though you know you've packed in some unnecessary verbiage, each word is near and dear to your heart, like your cracked Little League catcher's mitt from '67 or the designer shoes you got on sale that never fit and never will. Take My Word for It Redundancy comes from the Latin word undare ("to overflow") and re ("back"). Because redundancy literally means "to overflow again and again," the word itself is redundant!